Support for Aboriginal students

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Support at school

All three schooling sectors provide support for Aboriginal students.

More information can be found at:

or directly through your child’s school. Some schools employ Aboriginal community education officers (ACEO) to support individual Aboriginal students and their families within the school and preschool community.

Moving to high school

Year 7 Aboriginal students can join the Enter for Success Program to help them adjust to high school life. The program is designed to improve student attendance at school.

You can enrol at a government high school of your choice and receive support to achieve the goals in your individual learning plan.

If you wish to apply for this program, you and your child should meet with your primary school staff to discuss the options of attending a secondary school other than your local zoned school through this program.

SACE and Aboriginal students

Find out how SACE can help Aboriginal students achieve their goals and pursue different career paths. As part of their preparation for SACE students will undertake a subject called Personal Learning Plans (PLP). This is compulsory for all year 10 students.

This course will help students further develop the learning plan that they have been working on each year at school. It will assist them to:

make informed decisions about year 11 and 12 subjects and any courses outside school
prepare for career options and other goals.
Aboriginal Program Assistance Scheme (APAS)

The Aboriginal Program Assistance Scheme (APAS) provides funding to schools for the employment of tutors to work with identified Aboriginal students in literacy and numeracy.

The school will notify parents and caregivers of their child’s involvement in the APAS program, and get a signed consent form giving permission for their child to be involved in the program.

For more information, speak to your child’s school or contact Aboriginal Services on 8226 1214 or email

University and higher education

Support at TAFE

The TAFE Aboriginal Access Centre (ACC) helps Aboriginal people access and participate in vocational education. They provide:

  • individual case management
  • tutorial assistance
  • e-learning resources.

For more information telephone the TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centre on 8303 2632.

Support at university

All South Australian universities encourage and help Aboriginal students to get in to university, and provide assistance once they have enrolled in a course. More information can be found at:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: Wilto Yerlo – Adelaide University
  • Indigenous Student Services – University of South Australia (UniSA)
  • Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research – Flinders University.

Preparing for employment

Young Aboriginal students can participate in WORKABOUT centre programs in the Northern Adelaide area and Port Augusta to support them in making the transition from study to employment.

The WORKABOUT Centres engage young Aboriginal people in educational and employment pathways and build relationships between education providers, industry and Aboriginal communities.

Student needs are addressed on a case-by-case basis, with a range of options to help achieve their goals.

For more information contact Aboriginal Services on 8226 1214 or email